Contaminated Land

Contaminated Land

What is contaminated land? Contaminated land is land that contains hazardous substances (contaminants) in soil at elevated levels that can have significant adverse effects on human health and the environment. Past activity on land can cause it to become contaminated. The most common causes of contamination in New Zealand is past use of hazardous substances in industry, agriculture and horticulture.

Fraser Thomas has extensive experience in the investigation and remediation of contaminated land. Contaminated land needs to be managed or remediated to protect people and the environment.

We cover all facets of contaminated land work including:

  • PSI (preliminary site investigations: desktop study, site walkover and reporting), and DSI (Detailed site investigations: PSI + soil/water sampling, analysis and interpretation) reports for:
    • Due diligence, pre-purchase investigations
    • Existing residential, commercial, industrial and rural sites
    • Proposed developments – subdivision, changes in land use, soil disturbance.
  • Public health and environment risk assessment
  • Remedial Action Plans, Management and Monitoring Plans
  • Resource Consenting – National Environmental Standards (NES) and Regional Plans
  • Addressing Councils “Requests for further information”
  • Assisting Territorial Authorities in implementation of the NES
  • Supervision of remedial works, site validation and reporting
  • Peer review and preparation of expert evidence
  • Groundwater sampling and monitoring
  • Ground/landfill gas testing
  • Assessing, remediating and managing Asbestos contaminated in soils

Our Contaminated Land team is led by a Certified Environmental Practitioner in Contaminated Land (CEnvP-CL) with over 15 years experience in the sector.

Download our ‘Simple guide to the National Environmental Standards NES’


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